Our attention has once again been drawn to reports by online media outlets and blogs, including Premium Times and Jimi Disu’s Blog, naming Adepetun Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun (“ACAS-Law”) among Nigerian law firms that are clients of and have acted as intermediaries for the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The publication is maliciously captioned, “EXPOSED: #Panamapapers: The Nigerian lawyers who acted as intermediaries for Mossack Fonseca”. You may have seen some of these reports which specifically state that ACAS-Law is the legal representative of an offshore firm called Koggi Shipping, on whose behalf ACAS-Law dealt with Mossack Fonseca under case number 1607374.
These false allegations were originally published earlier this year and we responded with an appropriate disclaimer and a letter requesting Premium Times to retract the story and to cease and desist from publishing similar libelous material in the future. Unfortunately, the said false allegations have again re-surfaced despite our strenuous denials.
We, the Partners at ACAS-Law, assure you once again that these reports are completely false. Neither ACAS-Law, nor any of its partners has engaged in any business directly or indirectly with Mossack Fonseca, Koggi Shipping or any other entity in Panama, whether individually, on behalf of ACAS-Law as a firm or on behalf of any client.
We are currently taking steps to seek appropriate legal redress in view of the negative effects these publications will no doubt have on our reputation as a law firm of repute.
You should rest assured that we remain as always, committed to providing legal services with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, in accordance with our core values
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our other partners.
Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law)
(12th July, 2016)
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